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Empirical truths and critical fictions; Locke, Wordsworth, Kant, Freud. (reprint, 1991).


Empirical truths and critical fictions; Locke, Wordsworth, Kant, Freud. (reprint, 1991)

Caruth, Cathy.

Johns Hopkins U. Press


166 pages




In this volume, a reprint from 1991, Caruth (comparative literature and English, Emory U.) examines the role of experience in John Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding, William Wordsworth's Prelude, Immanuel Kant's Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics and Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science, and Sigmund Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents. Each work reflects on knowledge, she says, and each reproduces the scene of an encounter that is one of mourning or murder, and between a dead parent and a child, or a dead child and a parent. She argues that this scene represents the mind facing itself and discusses what the texts reveal about the concept of experience.

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